It’s the birthday of writer Oliver Goldsmith (books by this author); his exact date and the location of birth are uncertain, but he was probably born on this day in Pallas, Ireland, in 1730. He went to Trinity College in Dublin, but he wasn’t doing very well at school, and he was so frustrated that he decided to immigrate to America. He was all set to go, but he missed his ship. So he stayed in Europe and became a writer. He’s best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) and his play She Stoops to Conquer (1773). And he was probably the author of a very popular children’s story published anonymously, called The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1765), the story that made “goody two-shoes” a household expression.
In She Stoops to Conquer, he wrote:
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
With grammar, and nonsense, and learning;
Good liquor, I stoutly maintain,
Gives genus a better discerning.